Hot Studio founder Maria Giudice has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. It’s an approach that’s helped Hot Studio grow into a full-service creative agency and one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses. Recently, Maria joined Facebook as its Director of Product Design.
The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable 10 -15 year vision for the future of technology. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool.
Tomer Sharon is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Google Search in New York City and author of the upcoming book, "Lean UX Research for Entrepreneurs".
Senongo is a design lead at Cambridge University Press, where he works to create clean, simple websites for a global user-base. For over 6 years, Senongo has worked for a variety of clients in the US and Japan, designing interactive experiences and consulting on digital strategy. Senongo grew up in Nigeria, West Africa.
Michael Bergmann recently retired from a lifelong career at Nike as an Innovator, Developer, Director and Ambassador to the Brand and is currently the Founder of IncubatorU, LLC. Throughout his 30+ years at Nike, Michael wove technologies and processes to improve design decisions, sustainability and performance and had the honor to work on a variety of innovations including the most durable rubber compound in Tennis to the revolutionary FlyKnit technology. Shoes that have revolutionized the product creation driving sustainability into the manufacturing process that has not changed in a century.
Joel is a Southern California native working as a Mobile UX Designer at Google. Aside from Google Analytics and Android, he also advises on other startups in the valley and spends his free time hosting The Blnce podcast.
John Carlin is the co-founder of Funny Garbage, one of the first digital design companies. He started his career as an art writer, curator and professor and created one of the first successful AIDS benefits in the entertainment business—Red Hot + Blue.
As an Experience Design Director with Mad*Pow in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Adam combines his interaction design experience with his background in Computer Science, Film and Visual Design to create effective, efficient, and easy-to-use applications, websites, and interactive media.
Steve is the content nerd-herder and responsive design fanatic at The Republic of Quality, in Vancouver, Canada. He leads the charge on the creative end of our projects, coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy. On the global stage he's a sought-after speaker on topics like responsive web design, UX, open source, design thinking, and web process. He also loves Twitter (maybe a little too much) and is at @hellofisher.
Jason is a mobile web strategist, co-founder of CloudFour.com and MobilePortland.com, and co-author of Head First Mobile Web. Jason has a proven track record of identifying upcoming trends and positioning clients to take advantage of new technology. He specializes in helping customers determine the best way to accomplish their business objectives online.
Aaron Irizarry is a Sr. Product Designer for Nasdaq OMX, lover of heavy metal, foodie, and a master of BBQ arts. You can find some of his thoughts and presentations on the conversation surrounding design at over at discussingdesign.com.
The son of a plumber and a psychologist, Dan feels the interaction design he does is a little bit of both. He feels that design isn’t only about problem solving, but about creating a better, more humane, future.
Indi is an independent consultant who has guided more than 50 mental model research projects, using methodology she developed. Solving people's problems and inventing reliable methods to produce solutions has been Indi's passion. She was a founding partner of Adaptive Path and is a lifetime member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator. She teaches Black Arts Movement, Black World Ritual Performance, Arts of Africa, and Afro-Futurism: Pathways to Black Liberation at Columbia College Chicago. For the last fifteen years, her work has bridged the disciplines of interior design, site-specific sculpture, public art practice, and science fiction.
Michael Boeke is a designer, product guy, and startup veteran, who currently designs and produces software at online payments company Braintree. He focuses on applying design thinking and modern technology to shake-up traditional (read: boring) industries.
Neal is a digital product architect and founder of ProductCamp.LA and PMA.LA. He built and sold two startups and is the author of the book, The Smarter Startup.
J has been making websites and software for the web since 1998, and has been credited with creating several software features that web designers and developers take for granted today. He is the President of Nine Labs, an experience and strategy consultancy where he works with companies far and wide to improve their products and services.
Erica Decker has designed engaging, usable, cross-device experiences for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and upcoming companies alike, and believes that fast-paced, iterative, holistic design is the best way to drive product innovation
Dustin DiTommaso is a designer and researcher focused on using design to influence and transform people’s attitudes, behavior and motivation. As Vice President of Experience Design at Mad*Pow, Dustin designs products and directs programs that incorporate behavior change and gameful design for clients ranging from innovative start-ups to Fortune 500’s.
For the past 6 years, Jenn Downs swung her way through the jungle at MailChimp from support to tech writing to UX Design Research. In January of 2014 she was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug and left MailChimp to start a family business.
Marcus Estes has produced open source software for the nonprofit sector, worked with fashion and entertainment icons Stella McCartney and Kanye West (don’t ask), and has no idea how to gracefully complete this sentence.
Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile
Steve Gaynor is co-founder of independent video game studio The Fullbright Company and was writer and designer of the Company's first game, Gone Home.
Laura Hammond is a UX researcher with a background in information science, focusing on information seeking behavior. Laura's interest in information retrieval makes her insights from usability testing particularly useful, as she has a keen eye for gathering nuances on approach and user goals.
As president and founder of Nebo, Adam helps oversee brand strategy, user experience and creative direction for the 50 person independent agency. His passion is helping clients craft interactive experiences that connect with their customers and believes that a good user interface shouldn't require instructions.
John is a transmedia producer at I Have Robots who has been building cross platform media strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. He has a passion for developing not only next generation media solutions, but evolving the capacity of story telling utilizing technology as well as human psychology to enrich the media experience.
Samuel is a UX consultant with a deep focus on user onboarding. He's the person behind UserOnboard.com, a website that provides annotated teardowns of popular web apps' first-run experiences. He loves improving onboarding success rates for SaaS products just as much as he loves to talk shop on Twitter at @SamuelHulick.
As principal of Content Science, Colleen has advised Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and boutique brands on content and user experience strategy. Colleen shares insights from her consulting in her two books with New Riders: Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content and Does Your Content Work?
Dennis is the Design Director at WSOL. His focus is on helping clients realize the importance of user-centered design, and developing elegant and intuitive websites.
For 18 yrs, Gabe has been designing interactive exhibits and interfaces, and leading teams to create innovative experiences. In 2003 he founded Belle & Wissell in Seattle–a studio that crafts memorable, participatory experiences by blending inventive design and technology.
As a writer, speaker and general software nerd, Jim Kidwell evangelizes the effective integration of fonts in creative workflows. Focusing on how effective font and digital asset management can affect all levels of an organization - from the legal, creative and branding standpoints - Jim has shared his unique perspective with audiences at SXSW, Future of Web Design and more.
Matt Lavoie started his career in art by drawing on the walls of his mom’s dance studio at age 2. He is crazy about finding elegant solutions in a world of complex constraints, talking with users to determine root problems, and getting everyone involved in creating amazing experiences.
Jason Lengstorf is the founder of Copter Labs, where he builds marketing sites for companies like Intel, PlayStation, and Precision Nutrition. His interests cover the full stack: from marketing to design to development. Outside of Copter Labs, Jason is a speaker, author, consultant, and a mediocre bartender.
Intent on actively shaping a better world, Mel Lim is committed to understanding the processes of designing brands, and the ways they impact businesses and customers, both socially and environmentally. With over 15 years of international experience in project management, user experience design, and brand development, Mel established her own studio – MLD – in 2003.
PJ makes applications, software, and products that are easy to use, effective, and powerful, and that produce meaningful results for users (which always leads to meaningful results for businesses). He's a UX Design Lead at Amazon, where he leads a nimble and powerful team of ultra-talented UX designers and web developers.
Mike Merrill is the world’s first publicly traded individual. He was featured in the 25th anniversary edition of Wired, The Atlantic Monthly, and on the Today Show. You can buy shares in him by visiting the website where he’s actively traded: http://kmikeym.com/
Josh Northcott is the Manager of Web Operations at Esri in Redlands, California. He also works as a consultant to help startups and local businesses establish a strong web presence in their industry.
Dorelle is currently the design strategist for Intuit’s Harmony Design Language, she is committed to crafting compelling and delightful user experiences.
Daniel Sauble is a UX Designer at Puppet Labs. He designs interfaces, sketches on copious swaths of whiteboard, and curates the UX team’s pattern library.
Tyler designs mobile and responsive websites as part of Cloud Four, and touchscreen games as co-founder of Backabit. His iOS game "Ramps" was featured as an iPhone Game of the Week, breaking the US App Store Top 10 at its peak.
Denise Su is a UX researcher with a background in psychology, culture, and innovation. She has a knack for turning subtle and unspoken patterns in human behavior into meaningful and actionable insights. Her expertise includes the gathering and analysis of qualitative data through ethnographies, usability testing, deep interviews, focus groups, and customer experience journey mapping.
Chris is an independent product manager and business strategist at Databox. He specializes in product optimization using a blend of customer analytics and customer psychology.
Dalila Szostak designs future experiences in transportation, wearables and the intersections between the two. Her work involves uncovering that which we need, want and love and incorporating those as requirements into the design cycle. Dali specializes in international research and has conducted workshops and published her work in a wide range of academic and industrial gatherings globally.
Ken Tabor is a veteran product engineer with years of experience developing consumer-driven products on cutting-edge technologies. A frequent speaker at conferences, and a dedicated blogger, he constantly shares his passion for using open source technology.
Brad Weaver is a UX Designer/Front-end Developer and the founder of Suckerpunch Studios. He designs, he codes, he writes, he UXs, he slices and dices, and lives in Atlanta, y'all.
Mark Wyner is many things. Most notably a designer, developer, father, husband, friend, foe, soccer addict, and scorpion catcher. He is a co-founder of the Portland, Oregon agency Bunker, where they partner with clients to design and build great things.
Mara is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard. On Switchboard people ask for what they need and offer what they have to give within a community they trust. She started Switchboard because she forgot the password to the alumni database at her alma mater, and this effectively shut her out of that network. She thought this was crazy.